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What will I learn?

The MSc degree programme in Information Technology (IT) is a suitable programme for individuals with, or without a computing science background.

This programme is particularly attractive to two types of students. This is suitable for those from an Arts and Social Sciences background, or other branches of the physical sciences, including computing, and want to build on expertise developed elsewhere. This is also a suitable route to make a career change into Information Technology and software development. In either case, this is a degree to start your career in the ever growing IT, computing, and software development field, which always has vacancies to fill.

This is a well-established and highly regarded programme which allows you to develop skills in web and applications design, including key aspects of security.

Key areas of IT administration and software development are examined. From the administration side we cover database development, enterprise computing, cloud computing, and security and project management. From the software development side we cover programming, human-centred design, testing, and a wide-range of agile development theory and practices. It has consistently evolved to reflect changes in technology and the demands of industry so you can be assured of a current degree programme.

There are a number of careers to progress in to following graduation from this degree. Previous students have found jobs using the skills taught here with IT companies and IT departments within local, regional and global businesses, as well as software development companies, charities, local councils and other public organisations. Some graduating students have also progressed onto academic careers following a PhD. Many of our graduates have moved in to new careers, whereas others have stayed in the same area, but have benefited hugely from having this increased knowledge of IT.

This programme provides you with the technical and analytical skills needed to successfully adapt to wide-range of situations in the ever-changing world of computing. Some become software developers, business analysts, consultants, data scientists, or follow other roles.

A number of students take what they learn on the degree to start their own business.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Study options

Full Time (15 months)

Tuition fees
£25,100.00 (US$ 28,656) per year
The same fee is applicable for Jan-23.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

University of Aberdeen

Directorate of External Relations,

King's College,

Aberdeen,

Aberdeen, City Of,

AB24 3FX, Scotland

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£25,100.00 (US$ 28,656) per year
The same fee is applicable for Jan-23.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

University of Aberdeen

Directorate of External Relations,

King's College,

Aberdeen,

Aberdeen, City Of,

AB24 3FX, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Arts/Humanities/Business/Social Sciences: For entry to the Master of Arts (MA) programme, students should have a minimum of: High School GPA of 3.0 Plus one of the following standardised tests: SAT score of 1250 (post-March 2016), with 600 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, OR ACT composite score of 26. Entry to a Master of PhD programme usually requires the equivalent of a 2:1 (Upper Second Class Honours) British degree, or a 2:2 (Lower Second Class) British Degree. Bachelor’s degree (GPA: 3.0+) from an accredited university or college in a relevant subject. Postgraduate programmes at the University of Aberdeen and other British universities do not generally require standardised tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT etc. Instead, applicants are assessed on the merit and relevance of their undergraduate studies, as well as references and personal statement. IELTS overall score - 6.5, Listening - 5.5 or above, Reading - 5.5 or above, Speaking - 5.5 or above, Writing - 6.0 or above, TOEFL iBT overall score - 90, Listening - 17 or above, Reading - 18 or above, Speaking - 20 or above, Writing - 21 or above.

For international students

Students should have minimum entry requirement is a UK Ordinary or Honours degree (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) at 2:2 (lower second) class or above. While no prior computer programming experience is necessary, a basic level of computer literacy is expected. Those with a Computer Science degree from a non-UK university, or other computing background, will be considered on the understanding that you may be repeating some material. Students should have IELTS Academic: OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing - 6.0. TOEFL iBT: OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen ranks in the top 160 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022).

  • Excellent graduate outcomes and employment prospects
  • Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatic Centre
  • Fifth oldest university in the UK
  • Study abroad opportunities through Erasmus

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